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Nov

2020

PFR Report: Update on Corn – Closing Wheel Study – FurrowForce

Is using the fully automated FurrowForce setting better than using a manual downforce setting on a planter?

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Nov

2020

PFR REPORT: RESIDUE MANAGEMENT

Harvest is wrapping up in most of our marketing area, which means it's time to start planning for next season. As we evaluate our 2020 crop, we should be thinking about nutrient management options to replace or build soil fertility. One factor that farmers often overlook when calculating fertility needs is the value in crop residue.

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Nov

2020

PFR Report: Corn Frost Study Pre-Harvest Update

When is it warranted to replant corn after a frost event? 

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Oct

2020

PFR Report: New Focus on Organic Research

Author: Jim Schwartz

We've got a whole new focus on organic research in PFR!

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Oct

2020

PFR Report: Nitrogen Systems Study Pre-Harvest Update on Corn

In this video, Central Illinois Practical Farm Research (PFR) Location Lead, Clayton Stufflebeam discusses a study that combines nitrogen timing and nitrogen systems.

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Oct

2020

PFR Report: Prescription Tillage Technology’s STP Disc Opener Pre-Harvest Update

Join Clayton Stufflebeam, Central IL Practical Farm Research (PFR) Location Lead, highlights the preharvest findings on Prescription Tillage Technology’s STP Disc Openers.

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Oct

2020

PFR Report: Harvesting Derecho-Damaged Down Corn

Wondering how to rescue and harvest down corn this year? The Iowa Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR) site in Colfax suffered damage from the 2020 Derecho windstorm on August 10.

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Oct

2020

PFR Report: 2x2x2 Systems - Preharvest Update

What is the ideal placement for nitrogen starter fertilizer?

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6

Oct

2020

PFR Report: New Fallow Syndrome Study

What options does a farmer have when fields are left in fallow syndrome situations due to challenging spring conditions?

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Sep

2020

PFR Report: Practical Farm Research Update on Corn Fungicide Carrier Rate Study

How does applying a fungicide to corn at the R1 growth stage impact late-season plant health? 

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Sep

2020

PFR Report: Horsch Joker RT40 Live Demonstration

Clayton Stufflebeam, Central Illinois Practical Farm Research Location Lead, joins Dan Fulton, Horsch Agvision Farm Manager, to discuss the Horsch Joker RT Series.

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Sep

2020

PFR Report: Practical Farm Research Plot Update on Soybean Replant Threshold Study

What should a grower do when faced with emerged soybean planting populations that look like means for a replant situation?

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Jul

2020

PFR Report: Need for Speed: Closing Wheel & SpeedTube High Speed Planting Studies Highlights

Join Jared Chester, OH PFR Location Lead, as he reviews early-season visual observations in these high-speed planting corn and soybean studies.

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Jul

2020

PFR Report: Wheat Fungicide Study

When is the best time to apply fungicides on wheat? Check out this video to find out! 

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Jul

2020

PFR Report: Nutrient Management Study: Broadcast vs. Banded

Should a grower band or broadcast fertilizer applications? In this new Practical Farm Research (PFR) study, phosphorus (P) and potassium (K) fertilizers are being put to the test in various rates and tillage practices, in both broadcast and banded applications. Phosphorus is being applied in the form of monoammonium phosphate and potassium is applied in the form of potash. The three tillage practices this study is performed on include: no-till, strip-till, and conventional-till field conditions.

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Jun

2020

PFR Report: Soil Microbial Analysis in PFR Plots

Soil microbial health has been a hot agronomic topic of discussion lately. What can we learn and implement from sampling the microbial communities of our soils? Deatra Gremaux, the Practical Farm Research Data and Logistics Manager, from Beck’s Hybrids is working with Casey McGuire, Regional Pattern Ag Manager, to uncover the answers to that very question.

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Jun

2020

PFR Report: Sidedress Application Management

With warming trends sweeping across the Corn Belt region, our corn crop is growing rapidly as we accumulate heat units. This means in-season nitrogen management decisions are upon us or quickly approaching. In our Practical Farm Research (PFR) department, we have found the most effective way to supply our corn crop with adequate nitrogen in season is through a sidedress application. 

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Jun

2020

PFR Report: Closing Wheel Systems Study

Clayton Stufflebeam, Practical Farm Research (PFR) Location Lead from the El Paso, IL, location takes a minute to explain our Closing Wheel Systems Study before testing the closing wheels.

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Jun

2020

PFR Report: Row Cleaners

Are you curious about what pressure setting you should be using on your row cleaners? We are hoping to help better answer that question with our PFR Row Cleaner studies.

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May

2020

PFR Report: Nitrogen Fixation - More Corn, Less Fertilizer

Every year, Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® team tests new products, practices, and equipment to help farmers make better decisions and improve profitability. Two new products that PFR is testing in 2020 are Pivot Bio PROVEN™ and Envita™ from Azotic North America.

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